The Pokhara valley is the mid-point of 2500km-long Himalayan Arc, This area is the meeting point for European and Asian flora and fauna. The Kali Gandaki River Valley close to Pokhara is one of the major fly-way of migratory birds, including Demoiselle Cranes, birds of prey, Black Storks and many varieties of passerines. It compasses Nepal�s driest area of Upper Mustang, as well as its wettest area, the Modi River Valley, all within 100km as the crow flies. The habitats found here are unique, sheltering diverse groups of bird species. Birds move mostly in flocks, hunting insects at different levels in the forest. During quiet times, you may occasionally spot between five to twelve different species of birds. The season also determines which species are likely to be seen. Besides the passage of migrants, there are also bird species such as the cuckoo who visit during the spring time for breeding. There are diurnal, seasonal and altitudinal migrants
Nectarine, fruit and berry-eating birds are active quite early in the day. The most impressive moments are when the first rays of sun hit the forest, activating the insects. This is when the insectivores forage, including the colorful Long-tailed Minivet, Green-backed, Black-Lored and Black-Throated Tits get active. Some of the trees with berries or flowers are a magnet for multiple species, namely Whiskered, Stripe-Throated, Rufous-Naped and White-Browed Tit. The forest trail between Ghorepani and Tadapani is a good place to encounter the Great Parrotbill, Spotted Laughing Thrush, and the Velvet, Rufous-Bellied and White-Tailed Nuthatch.
The sky of Pokhara valley near Waterfront Resort is very friendly to raptors and birds of prey. Because of warm breeze from the lake meet with cold wind of the himalaya, the aerodynamics thermal action created helping many birds of prey to glide in the air. The 3m (9ft) wingspan of the majestic Lammergeier fly in the sky of Pokhara. Himalayan and Eurasian Griffons soar, touching the hearts and minds of the tourists as well as passing trekkers. Pokhara is home to all the vulture species of Nepal, including the Egyptian Vulture, the endangered White-rumped and the Red-Headed. Occasionally one might catch a glimpse of the globally endangered Slender-Billed Vulture. Cinereous Vultures are seen during the winter season. The valley is also a fly-way for migrating eagles, including the Steppe and Imperial, as well as small birds of prey, Pied and Hen Harriers and Common Buzzards.
The forest habitats of Pokhara watershed are home to White-Browed and Rufous-Winged Fulvetta. Spectacular Lesser Racquet-taiels Drongo and Green Magpie live in the Phewa watershed forest. The silence of the forest is occasionally interrupted by the tapping of the Fulvous breated pied woodpeckers, Large Yelloe Naped Woodpecker.
All birdwatchers are amazed by the tiny warblers, including the Chestnut-Crowned, Whistler�s, Black-Faced, Grey-Hooded and Ashy-Throated Warblers. Smart Sunbirds found along the trail include the Black-Throated, Green-Tailed, Fire-Tailed and Purple Sunbird. They can be seen in the flowering trees. Among the flower-peckers, the most common is the Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker, which may be found near settlements in the flowering trees and also trees with mistletoe. The blue pine forest along the trail is a habitat of the Spotted Nutcracker; these are very vocal and hence difficult to miss. Orange-Bellied Leafbirds are very vocal and are occasionally found in the upper canopy layer. Similarly, Nepal Cutia is found in forests of alder wood. More treasures to observe are the tiny Nepal, Scaly-Breasted and Pygmy Wren Babbler, feeding under the ferns, with their high-pitched territorial calls. The jewel-like, tiny Chestnut-Headed Tesia is a wonderful bird to see in the moist undergrowth and ferns, its high-pitched sound dominating the area.
In the air one can observe the speedy insect-hunter White-Rumped Needletail, Nepal House Martin, Red-Rumped Swallow and Himalayan Swiftlet. Common birds along the farmland and forest trails are the Red-Vented and Black Bulbul, Great and Blue-throated Barbet and also Coppersmith Barbet in the lower reaches. The Olive-Backed Pipit, Magpie Robin and Common Tailorbird are found near the farmlands along with the Common Stonechat and the Grey, Collared, White-Tailed and Pied Bushchat.
Stream that flows into Phewa lake is teeming with these smart and frisky birds: Between Birethanti and Himalpani, along the Modi River, is a very rewarding habitat for river and stream birds. That includes White-Capped Water Redstart, Plumbeous Redstart; Little, Spotted, Black-Backed and Slaty-Backed Forktail; Brown Dipper, Grey Wagtail and Blue Whistling-Thrush. The presence of these birds in a stream indicates the good environmental health of the stream.
Waterfront Resort is located in the upstream of Phew lake, which is the home to resident little grebe, white breasted water-hen, Common Moorhen. Migratory duck that come for wintering includes Mallard, Common Teal, Gadwall, Ferruginous Duck, Eurasian Wigeon, Red-Crested Pocahrd.